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A male and female hiker viewing the rainforest from a lookout. A male and female hiker viewing the rainforest from a lookout.

How to visit parks and forests as restrictions ease

After all the disruptions to our daily lives this year, it’s not surprising if we’re weary and worn-out.

The best remedy for us all is to get outside, soak up some natural light and reconnect with nature. And there’s nowhere better to do this than in Queensland National Parks!

Here’s what you need to know about how to visit our parks and forests, in the wake of further easing of COVID restrictions. Let’s ‘Think outside’ and stay safe, everyone!

Camping

A camp site with 4WD vehicle nearby is set behind the beach against a backdrop of coastal vegetation.
Teewah Beach camping area, Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park | Chris Whitelaw © Queensland Government

You need to book and purchase your camping and vehicle access permits online before you arrive at the park or forest.

  • Depending on the park or forest, you can book camping up to 2—12 months in advance.
  • The requirement to obtain a separate restricted access area authority (RAAA) for Cooloola and Bribie Island has been lifted (from Wednesday 2 December); you still need to obtain a standard vehicle access permit as usual.

As part of our social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures, we are:

  • limiting the number of camp sites available (and therefore numbers of campers) in some camping areas
  • limiting the number of people who can access amenities at any one time in some camping areas
  • enhancing cleaning regimes of all facilities.

Day visits

A person stands at the railing of a lookout over a scenic valley with distant mountains, under dawn skies.
Jollys lookout, D’Aguilar National Park | Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Parks are open but some facilities, such as walking tracks, boardwalks and picnic areas, may be closed from time to time due to wildfire impacts, maintenance and park management.

We expect popular parks will be crowded at peak times, such as weekends. If you are visiting during busy periods such as school holidays, weekends and public holidays, we suggest you seek out lesser-known parks that you haven’t visited before.

Alternatively, visit during less busy times such as week days.

Some parks have arrangements in place to help with social distancing, such as one-way paths and partial closures.

Attractions

Close up of a squirrel glider on a person’s hand.
David Fleay Wildlife Park | Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Our attractions are open, after closures earlier in the year due to COVID-19, but social distancing restrictions remain in place.

In all our centres, we’ve made changes to keep visitors safe including visitor number limits, social distancing measures, visitor record keeping, contactless payments (where relevant) and enhanced cleaning regimes.

How to visit safely and responsibly

Adult and child walk hand in hand along a track surrounded by open bush in late afternoon light.
National park walking | Greg Cartwright © Queensland Government

We want you to be safe and enjoy your visit. Here’s what you can do:

  • Always check Park Alerts before you leave so you can plan your visit, know which facilities are open or closed, and make the most of your trip.
  • Prepare for any social distancing or hygiene measures you need to take. It’s your responsibility to bring your own sanitation products such as hand soap, sanitiser and wipes to keep yourself and your family safe.
  • When camping, if you are self-contained, use your own facilities to reduce the number of visitors using park facilities.
  • Remember, only visit sites that are open, where a car space is available, and practise good hygiene while you’re there. And, of course, stay home if you’re unwell!
  • Find out more about staying safe and visiting with care.

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Last updated: 01 December 2020

Acknowledgement of Country

The Department of Environment and Science acknowledges Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land. We recognise their connection to land, sea and community, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Design developed by Boyd Blackman, a Butchulla and Birri Birri man, featuring the artwork of Elaine Chambers, a Koa (Guwa) and Kuku Yalanji woman.